Alia Bhatt used her Instagram to share her excitement with her fans about her forthcoming film, ‘Gangubai‘ helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali that has gone on floors.
After Inshallah was shelved, Sanjay Leela Bhansali aka SLB turned Santa for Alia and offered her a new film titled Gangubai. For those who are uninitiated, Gangubai is a biopic based on the life of Gangubai Kathiawadi, a brothel owner & matriarch. The film is a silver screen adaptation of the book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai written by Hussain Zaidi.
The project was officially announced by SLB’s Twitter page with a caption,
“A name you’ve heard, a story you haven’t. Directed by #SanjayLeelaBhansali starring @aliaa08 in and as #GangubaiKathiawadi Bhansali Productions and @PenMovies bring you this powerful story on 11th Sept, 2020!”
And Alia joined SLB in this effort & shared a pic of the vanity van in which Gangubai is written. All this means that she has, at last, kickstarted the shoot of Gangubai.
Alia captioned the pic with words that read,
“Look what Santa gave me this year”
Have a look at her post below:
Sometime back it was reported that Priyanka Chopra Jonas was the 1st choice to play the titular role in Gangubai. SLB confirmed the news saying,
“I love the story, it’s been with me for long and I’m keen to make the film. Priyanka and I are in talks.”
When the time came to talk about the male lead, there were rumors that Ajay Devgn is the one. A source shared with Bollywood Hungama,
“Last week, Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Leela Bhansali met at Anand Pandit’s Diwali party and chatted for hours. They caught up on a lot of stuff and that’s when SLB also invited him over to his office. Ajay dropped in a couple of days after that and they had a meeting for more than a couple of hours. Bhansali offered him two scripts – a biopic and other fictional, a love story, which is said to be Baiju Bawra. In Baiju Bawra the actor was offered the role of Tansen. Ajay liked his role in Gangubai as it’s an intense character – a mobster with a golden heart who teaches Gangubai the tricks of the trade and falls in love with her.”
Alia’s fans will get to see her as Gangubai on-screen on September 11, 2020.